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Dates: 15/May/2003



Yesterday’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: US Army Patents Illegal WMD Delivery System

Austin and Hamburg (8 May 2003) - The United States Army has developed and patented a new grenade that it says can be used to wage biowarfare. This is in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention, which explicitly prohibits development of bioweapons ...

2: Because Bush Won't Answer Questions: "Question W"

It is growing massive. It has become newsworthy. It can be devastating. And yet, it's so simple. - We, the people, have chosen to hijack the question mark.

3: John Kaminski: The Perfect Enemy

The Perfect Enemy Terrorists who can't be caught because they don't really exist or because they're CIA assets.

4: Ben Tripp: The Other 'F' Word

You could fill your lederhosen with razor blades and ride a bicycle down some steps. You could administer yourself a boiling-hot clyster of Drano and minced cactus. You could irritate a pride of lions whilst bedecked in a ham waistcoat. But why take ...

5: UQ Wire: 911 - George W. Bush's Interesting Day

At approximately 8:48 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, the first pictures of the burning World Trade Center were broadcast on live television. The news anchors, reporters, and viewers had little idea what had happened in lower Manhattan, but ...

6: Halliburton "Tapped" On Iraq Oil Industry In Nov.

Months before the United States military showered Iraq with bombs and missiles, the Department of Defense was secretly working with Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company, Halliburton Corp., on a deal that would give the world’s second largest ...

7: UN Radio: Killings Around UN Compound in Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, fighting is raging outside a UN compound in the town of Bunia. The UN mission in the DRC (MONUC) reports that the situation continues to be extremely difficult and volatile, with intense fighting going on ...

8: Policy Through Rose-Colored Pilot's Goggles

Everyone, not attached by threadbare ideology or plain old war profiteering to President Bush's War on Terror, knows that even on its own terms, it can only fail miserably in a great waste of lives and substance.

9: Bush Delivers Remarks with South Korean President

PRESIDENT BUSH: It's my honor to welcome our good friend, the President of South Korea, to Washington, D.C. and the Oval Office, and now the Rose Garden. I've been really looking forward to this visit. We've had several phone calls where we've discussed ...

10: Sludge Report #150 - Budget! What Budget?

If last year’s budget was boring, this years is practically invisible. Sure, it’s more than a foot thick (including Supplementaries and Statements of Intent from Crown Entities) but, nothing much, it seems to get your teeth into.

11: MP Thinks New Zealanders Are Stupid?

“Manukau East Labour MP Ross Robertson’s comment that referendums can be worded to solicit a certain response is typical of what a Government MP would say when faced with losing their supreme power because of a successful Citizens Initiated Referendum ...

12: Scoop Feedback: Death and Casualty From Iraq

The following feedback has been received from Scoop readers in response to our decision to publish graphic pictures from Al Jazeera showing the true horror of war.

13: U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings on Bush n Vietnam

Submitted by Christiaan Briggs - "I saw President Bush on that aircraft carrier in the Pacific yesterday. Incidentally, that's the closest he's ever got to the war in Vietnam." U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings

14: US Colonel Admits 500 Tons of DU Were Used In Iraq

In three separate interviews a U.S. Special Operations Command Colonel admitted that the U.S. and Great Britain fired 500 tons of D.U. munitions into Iraq.

15: Clampdown On Illegal Street Racing

More streets are to be restricted to non-residential traffic on weekends and public holidays in order to tackle the scourge of illegal street racing in Manukau. This will include a large stretch of Te Irirangi Drive between Dawson Road in Otara and ...

16: Switch on to Renewable Energy

As the energy crisis deepens, Greenpeace today released its vision for a renewable energy future for New Zealand, and a paper outlining how wind and renewable energy can supply all our electricity needs.

17: RailAmerica Positions To Takeover Tranz Rail

RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE: RRA), the world’s largest operator of short line and regional freight railroads, today announced that its newly established subsidiary Rail New Zealand intends to commence a takeover offer for 100% of the equity securities of ...

18: UN fears humanitarian catastrophe in Congo

As heavy fighting continues to rage in the town of Bunia in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a top United Nations relief official today voiced fear of a looming humanitarian disaster in the area and warned of ethnic tensions that ...

19: BUDGET IMAGES: 36 Inches Of Accountability

Budget 2003 – 36 Inches Of Accountability Dr Cullen Addresses The Lock Up (1) Dr Cullen Addresses The Lock Up (2) Dr Cullen Addresses The Lock Up (3)

20: iTunes Music Store Tops Two Million Song Downloads

CUPERTINO, California‹May 14, 2003‹Apple® today announced that over two million songs have been purchased and downloaded from its revolutionary iTunes® Music Store since its debut 16 days ago. Continuing the trend set during the first week, over half ...

21: Questions Of The Day Transcript - May 14 2003

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage : Why did her office, on Monday, ask the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to forward to her the official files relating to changes to the definition of historic ...

22: Iraq Oil Wealth May Be Headed Toward Privatization

Under White House Control, Iraq's Oil Wealth May Be Headed Toward Privatization - Interview with Michael Renner, a senior researcher with World Watch Institute, conducted by Scott Harris

23: Guest Opinion: Agreeing With Bin Laden

Though I am utterly opposed to his methodology, I am in total support of Bin Laden’s three demands on the U$A.

24: GLW: Australia Abandons Victims Of Oppression, War

''We chose Australia as a country of justice and freedom'', Iranian asylum seekers in Port Hedland detention centre wrote in an open letter to the Australian people on March 14. They were horrified, however, by what they found.

25: Hard News 14/05/03 - A Feast of Blogs

So I take my eye off Public Address for a couple of days - let sleeping blogs lie, you might say - and everyone (including our new guest blogger, Mark Graham) gets up and posts. Crikey!

26: Guest Opinion: The Devil In The Details

George W. Bush spoke here last Friday... while he praised the Army's Bradley tank, which is made at the plant, he neglected to disclose one "detail" - namely, that his immediate family stands to make a fortune from the profits being made by United ...

27: How NYT's Howell Raines Enables Journalistic Lying

We learn in the May 11 New York Times that, since 1999, America’s newspaper of record has regularly published reporter Jayson Blair’s flights of fancy as straight news.

28: Hard News 14/05/03: Very Big Mess

So rumours of the demise of al-Qaeda have, clearly, been greatly exaggerated . Barely has victory been claimed in Iraq than murderous millennial terrorism is back on the agenda.

29: Stateside With Rosalea: Tariq Ali, 8 May 2003

"We meet at a grim time." Such were the opening words of Tariq Ali's talk on 'War, Empire and Resistance' given in the heart of the military industrial complex at UC Berkeley last week. (As someone in the audience pointed out, the flag on stage ...

30: Michael Cullen’s Budget Speech

Mr Speaker, this year’s Budget has been prepared amidst the most uncertain political and economic situation internationally for a very long time. The long bull market of the 1990s, fed by international political and economic liberalisation and growing ...

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